The Elusive Uncluttered Office: What You Can Do to Achieve It

December 2, 2014

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Steps to an uncluttered, productive home office by Paisley Hansen

Home offices can become catch-alls for things that do not really belong there. When they end up cluttered, it can be distracting and interfere with productivity. That interference can be in the form of logistically getting in the way. Alternately, it can be in the form of being visually distracting. Here are some steps to get the clutter under control.

Pare down

The first thing to do is start four piles:

  • 1) Throw out
  • 2) Give away or sell
  • 3) Keep but relocate
  • 4) Keep in the actual office

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Start in one corner and work around in a logical fashion so as to not get confused about what has been sorted through and what has not been sorted through. After throwing out the things that belong in the trash, getting rid of the things that need to go and relocating things that belong elsewhere in the home, what remains should be a great deal easier to work with. In fact, that alone should make the place a lot less cluttered.

Get organized

Whatever remains needs to be organized. Before you run out and buy anything to get organized, just start with grouping like items together. Put all books together, all files together, all pens or art supplies together and so on. This will begin to make it clear if there are enough file folders, if there is enough space in the file cabinet, if there is enough shelf space and so on.

If there are files, they need to be filed in a manner that makes sense for how many files there are as well as for how they are used in practice. For example, some files might be accessed regularly, in which case a small file box on the desk might be the best solution for those specific files. Other files may be accessed less often, in which case a regular file cabinet might work fine. Make sure there are enough shelves for books and generally provide the correct type of storage for each of the items used in the office. A good rule of thumb for getting organized and staying organized is: “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

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Plan before you shop

If, after everything has been surveyed and catalogued, the office needs more furniture or more organizers, think about the overall look you are going for and do some planning. Since the point is the make the place look uncluttered, having uncluttered lines can help with the visual part of that. Simply having everything physically organized may not, by itself, make it look uncluttered. For some people, the visual clutter is distracting and problematic. If new purchases are needed to get the place properly organized, it is a great time to go ahead and make sure things are clean-lined. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost any extra to make a particular style choice.

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Consider making some minor modifications to existing fixtures

Whether or not you need to buy anything new, if your current cabinetry, office door and other fixtures are just failing to be adequately visually uncluttered, it may be possible to modify them in order to get more of the look and feel you want. For example, new barn door hardware could change the entry door from a swinging door to a pocket door, freeing up floor space and making the door and the whole room both look less cluttered. Cabinet knobs or handles could be replaced with new hardware that fits in better with the look you desire.

It might take a bit of time and effort to get the uncluttered office of your dreams, but it will be well worth it. After the office gets put back together, you will be even more productive.

Fab Find // Designer Eyewear Warby Parker launches The Corner Collection

October 9, 2014

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Warby Parker, an online designer eyewear company’s story is pretty cool – to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. I love how they offer a “home try-on” – you can pick 5 pairs and they ship it to you for free, as well as a virtual try-on service.

According to Warby Parker, a good frame is all about the shape.

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The Corner Collection gets its name from Warby Parker’s seasonal preoccupation with silhouettes and angles. This time around, Warby Parker’s experimenting with traditional shapes; think crisp keyhole bridges, sloping brow lines, sharp temples, and straight-edged brow bars in a handsome mix of horn-inspired acetate and stainless steel. Their five new frames—Hutton, Topper, Goodney, Teddy, and Quentin—are totally distinctive and a little bit irreverent.

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They didn’t forget color, either. Two new hues, Rhubarb and Quartz, round out an intense palette of autumnal and icy shades, terrific for indoorsy cozy times and leaf-crunching rambles alike. (Even when the temps rise again, they’re still good to go.)

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Warby Parker sunglasses start at $95, with free shipping and free returns and for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

Weddings // Outdoor Bridal Shower Ideas

October 8, 2014

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Throwing an Outdoor Bridal Shower
 by Paisley Hansen

Soon-to-be brides across the country are looking for ways to make their weddings and wedding activities beautiful and unique. Whether the bride knows about her shower or not, knowing some tips for outdoor showers can help to make a celebration she’ll always remember.

Location Considerations

Indoor showers are often a bit easier to plan since you don’t have too many types of options. With outdoor showers, you could choose a backyard, local park, outdoor location at a restaurant, beach, deck, outdoor bar or other establishment. The number of people expected to attend is a major determining factor. You must select a place that has enough room for the guests to sit comfortably. Consider the travel time for the bride and immediate family members too; they should not have to travel an absurd distance to be able to attend and participate in the bridal shower. This is especially true for a surprise as the bride could grow suspicious as to the motivation for the journey.

Forest bridal shower mood board created on www.sampleboard.com

Forest inspired bridal shower mood board – click on board for links

Indoor Back-Up Plans

While the bride likely has visions of a stunning outdoor shower with all the trimmings, you and the other planners must devise a back-up plan. If the party is at someone’s house or a restaurant, find out if you will be able to move inside in the event of inclement weather. For events that are at entirely outdoor venues, you will probably need to have a back-up venue. Asking guests to attend only to cancel the event because of weather is not fair to them.

Appropriate Themes

Plenty of showers are themed these days, and if the bride wants one, you should infuse elements of the outdoors into it. For example, paint a barn door with a greeting sign for a country themed event, or pass out seashells as placecards for a shower that is taking place at the beach. The entire theme does not have to be based around nature, however. You could host a wine and cheese bridal shower where guests are able to sample a number of the brides favorite blends from local vineyards along with some tasty accouterments.

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Tea party bridal shower mood board – click on board for links

Classy Event

Part of the problem with outdoor showers is that they can become overly casual. For a bride who emulates this style, you don’t need to go too formal. However, remember that the comfort of your guests is necessary. Be sure to rent comfortable chairs and tables with umbrellas in them to block out the potentially harsh rays of the sun. Furthermore, work to ensure that indoor restrooms are available. Outside toilets can become unsanitary, especially if they are shared with another party. They can also be very difficult for elderly or ill relatives and friends to get in or out of.

Surprising The Bride

For some, surprising the bride is not a part of the shower traditions, but for others, it is the center of the event. Throwing a surprise party is a bit more difficult when individuals are outside and not as concealed as they could be at a restaurant or catering hall, so you’ll need to be a little bit craft. If the bride can walk in from behind a fence, the situation is optimal. Otherwise, you may need to move the surprise to the entrance of the establishment, and then all of the guests can escort the bride to the spot where the party is to be held.

Rustic bridal shower mood board created on www.sampleboard.com

Rustic bridal shower mood board – click on board for links

An outdoor bridal shower is a truly beautiful way to honor a soon-to-be bride who is in-touch with nature and loves spending time in it, so putting the appropriate time and attention into the celebration pays homage to her.

Summer Home Inspiration // Nordic Design

August 18, 2014

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Summer Home Inspiration // Nordic Design – click on mood board for item links

Why Nordic Design is Perfect for Your Summer Home by Paisley Hansen

Often times, when one thinks of Scandinavian design one pictures modern, minimalist spaces with a few straight lines and flat white surfaces, cold environments that might look nice in magazines but aren’t exactly conducive to summer living. In truth, Nordic design is all about incorporating natural elements within the home to create a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Nordic homes are designed to blend interior spaces with their natural surroundings, encouraging organic light sources and muted color schemes that work perfectly to set a restful, carefree summer mood.

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The most important element in Scandinavian home design is light. Sunlight can be a rare commodity during the winter in some of the northernmost Nordic towns, and so a home that maximizes light exposure is highly valued. This translates into open floor plans and multiple light sources, plenty of windows to flood the space with light and fewer walls to block it out. The need for more light also explains why white is such a prevalent color in Nordic homes, where dark surfaces absorb those treasured rays rather than reflect them.

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Scandinavians have always had a strong connection with their natural environment, and they reflect this in their home design. Houses are often constructed in minimally invasive ways, meaning that they try to leave their natural surroundings as intact as possible. The same large banks of windows and open floor plans that encourage sunlight also work to bring the outside in, and Scandinavian designers incorporate elements that mimic exterior home features, like lofts and barn doors, to further blend the spaces. Interior gardens, succulents and other house plants help to further the feeling of merging environments, and Nordic homes often integrate plants into their overall design schemes.

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Along with using organic light and environmentally-inspired design, Nordic homes also tend to use a muted, natural palette that emphasizes their unprocessed building materials and color schemes. Light woods are often used throughout the home and in furnishing, and upholstered material is generally lighter, raw fabric. Paint colors are lighter as well to encourage bright interiors and, if not white, usually in understated earth tones, like green, grey or beige. Artwork and other small features can add a necessary burst of color in these otherwise subdued color schemes, and add a point of interest to an otherwise monochromatic setting.

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Scandinavian design is probably best known for its efficient use of space. Plenty of storage, minimal clutter, and simple design translates into a clean-looking interior, and that makes smaller rooms look even larger. This is particularly important when considering summer home design, when the square-footage is probably at a minimum and too much clutter can seriously impede on relaxation. Nordic homes use built-in shelving, cupboards, and storage units to make sure everything has its proper place, out of sight and neatly contained. Uncluttered surfaces then become the perfect venue for displaying a select few summertime finds, and Nordic summer homes often showcase natural found objects like shells or stones.

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That characteristic “Scandinavian look” results from all of these elements combined, but also from something slightly more subtle. Nordic homes are cohesive, meaning that their design is in agreement throughout all the living spaces within the home. This harmony is accentuated by the open floor plan, which offers an obstructed view of the entire floor as well as glimpses of the natural exterior. The same building materials and color palettes, used throughout the house, further highlight this unified design.

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Nordic homes incorporate open, light-filled rooms into a clean and harmonious living environment that is designed to blend smoothly into its natural surroundings. Every element in a Nordic home is meant to feel inherently easy and organic, from the natural-fiber rugs to the integrated kitchen storage. This ease and effortless comfort, coupled with the alfresco atmosphere these open homes encourage, make Nordic design features perfect for summer homes all over the world.

Colour Combo // Blush and Copper

July 29, 2014

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Colour Combo // Blush and Copper – click on mood board for item links

Beautiful pinks, dusty rose, soft blush, rose golds and trendy copper… what’s not to love? This colour combo just works no matter what. Check out how you can incorporate it into your interior.

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Art Inspiration // Green Leaves are Trending in Interiors + Art

July 24, 2014

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Art Inspiration // Green Leaves are Trending in Interiors + Art – click on mood board for links

It’s everywhere – large green leaves in glass vases. Even art is being inspired by something so simple yet so striking and contemporary. I came across Vontrueba, a spanish architect living in London. Her posters are inspired by materials, textures and geometry and her lastest range, the Veggie Collection is right on target with what we’re seeing in the interior design community.

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For more inspiration, follow Vontrueba on Instagram…x

Trend Alert // Decorating with Pastel Colours

July 23, 2014

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Trend Alert // Decorating with Pastels – click on mood board for links

Romantic shades of soft pastels are making waves this year when it comes to decorating homes with this feminine colourway. Living in the southern hemisphere, we are deep into winter weather and just the thought of pretty pastels brightens my day! Be selective to where and how you use pastels, maybe only paint a feature wall like some of the examples below. It does soften an uninviting interior immediately, but most of all, make sure you LOVE what you buy and only surround yourself with beauty.

Here’s some interior inspiration using pops of pastels…x

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Art Inspiration // RK Design Posters

July 22, 2014

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Art Inspiration // RK Design Posters mood board (click on board for links)

I’m currently fascinated by nordic art and find Riikka Kantinkoski’s prints amazing. She’s a photographer from Finland and has really made a name for herself in the Scandi style interior blogs. I urge you to pop over to her shop RK Design, hosted on Society6. She’s just launched some new prints too.

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Here are some of her posters I found in Scandinavian styled interiors…

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Via Ale Besso | Black White Grey | Karlsson | RK Design | Hay - SampleBoard Blog

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Via Romana | RK Design 'Wild Stripes' Print | Ikea Rug | Eames | Marimekko | Olle Eksell - SampleBoard Blog

Via Elle Interior | Black and White | Ikea Rand Rug | RK Design Print - SampleBoard Blog

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She has a big following on Instagram, so be sure to check it out. For more inspiring Scandinavian interiors, pop over to my Pinterest board INTERIOR * SCANDINAVIAN

Rooms to Inspire // Nordic Kitchen Design Concept

July 21, 2014

Nordic style kitchen interior design mood board created on www.sampleboard.com

Rooms to Inspire // Nordic Kitchen Design Concept – Click on mood board for item list

So I’m counting down the weeks for my new kitchen to be built. After a lot of time pinning (check out my Nordic Summer House board) I have finally settled on a style. Nordic Summer House meets Modern Farmhouse. And after a lot of contemplation and research I have decided to use Bianca Carrara marble as countertops, although I will be using a sort of acid-wash to remove most of the “shine” so it gets installed with a slight patina already…with an underslung double basin.

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This will be my colour scheme – I’ve already painted our new front door that lovely dark blue/grey color used in the top cupboards in this London home I found on Shootfactory and will be using the same colour for my bottom kitchen cupboards – duco spraypainted with either a finger grip door handle or stainless steel strip handle.

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I’ve also designed a little book shelf in the kitchen island unit, got inspired by these ideas…

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Here’s my thoughts on barstools…

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And don’t forget the must-have Muuto pendants for over the island unit!

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So in a nutshell, the following elements will be incorporated into my Nordic Summerhouse meets Modern Farmhouse kitchen design for our new home…

  • Bianca Carrara marble tops
  • Dark blue/grey duco-sprayed cupboards
  • Minimalist finger grip or strip handles
  • White subway tile splashback
  • Copper faucet
  • Muuto pendants
  • Xavier Pauchard Tolix barstools

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Mood Board Inspiration // TGIF

July 18, 2014

Digital  black and white mood board inspiration created on www.sampleboard.com

Black + white mood board inspiration

Don’t you just love black and white photography? I hope this mood board inspires you to take some pics this weekend! Have a good one x

Mood Board Inspiration // Winter Warmer

July 17, 2014

Digital  winter mood board inspiration created on www.sampleboard.com We’ve been very blessed with beautiful, windless, sunny days this winter, but it’s time to close the hatchet! The roaring north easter is whirling and twirling with wind gusts of up to 45km per hour over Chapmans Peak into the valley and the pounding rain is yet to stop. Having lived in our new neighbourhood for just over 3 months, the scenic beauty still astounds me every day. Noordhoek Common is surely one of the most beautiful fields on earth. Keep warm and cosy! X (Winter warmer mood board created using our SampleBoard software program)

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Mandi Crame: ‘Misty Morning Magic’ – Noordhoek Common

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“Winter Fog” by Craig Farham – Noordhoek Common

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Rooms to Inspire // Workspace Decor Ideas and Details

July 16, 2014

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Don’t you just love the little gold and copper accents? I think it gives a real feminine touch without going over the top. Simply put, surround yourself with items that you love, that inspires you, and lets you get on with your work without distraction or clutter. Today’s the day to declutter and get organized!

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Workspace mood board created using SampleBoard’s software program

Interior Design Ideas // Grey walls + Scandinavian Style

July 8, 2014

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“Keep life simple” – Scandinavian interior design is simple by nature, and oh so striking, if you like this kinda style, but find it a little uninviting at times (like the mood board featured above – a lot of whites + blacks) you can easily warm up the look by painting your walls light grey and adding timber accents. Always a trick finding that perfect shade though!

We have recently bought and moved into our new house, a little ugly duckling on a beautiful piece of land at the foot of majestic Chapmans Peak Drive , one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world, and a stones throw to the beach. (Yip, I am smiling from ear to ear as my dream has finally come true! But lets leave that for another post)…back to our little Knysna timber home…

It needs a lot of love and patience, and I mean A LOT, so I have opted to paint the run-down bathrooms grey for now untill we can afford to re-do them. And no, I didn’t paint the walls. I painted over the outdated wall tiles! (a shade of pink and peach eek) so yes, this can be done. I am busy putting a “how-to” post together to show you guys how easy it is to transform a very outdated bathroom in a mere day – simply by painting the wall tiles grey!

In the meantime, get inspired by these gorgeous Scandinavian interiors that chose to use light grey walls instead of the stark, minimalist whites.

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Don’t you just love that herringbone floor…

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Home and Housewares Trend 14 | Crayon Brights

March 11, 2014

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A note-worthy bright crayon color movement was noticed at Milan last year at their International Home Show, MACEF.

Crayon brights continue to take us to a happy place in home and housewares in Milan. Collections are created in pre-assorted combinations, or colors meet on unifying objects such as dinnerware stripes or other repeating patterns on textiles. Whether the palette will seem a bit seasonal to retailers is debatable, but its appeal is undeniable in saturations and combinations bent on a light-hearted mood and a youthful sensibility. Vibrant orchid is a frequent feature, but orangey coral pinks also play a role alongside sunny yellows and deep sky blue.

Beauty Trend for Spring/Summer 14 | Prose

March 10, 2014

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Concept and information: Beautystreams| Beauty trend board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

According to PantoneView, Spring/Summer 14 highlights the value of experience and emotion. Prose finds diversion from the pressures of the modern world by turning inwards, through poetic verse. Romance blossoms in delicate petal hues and discreet neutrals.

Read the verse of 19th century Romantic poets Keats, Browning, and Wordsworth. The words have an emotional intensity, leaving a pensive, lingering feeling.

Prose expresses the frothy romance and plunging depths of poetry. Neutrality in color is a key message for S/S 14 beauty, conveyed with vaporous pinks, mauves, lavender, ivory, and gentle nudes. Textures play on unusual contrasts of sight and touch. Materials that appear heavy, such as porcelain, are surprisingly light.

Conversely, lightweight materials such as fluffy clouds are strangely heavy. Translucence and pearlescence are also key elements in a story that embodies the lightness of spring.

May you find the romance this Spring.

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Pantone Color of 2014 Radiant Orchid | Interiors + Furnishing

February 10, 2014

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Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.

To distill the prevailing mood into a single hue, the PCI team, led by executive director Leatrice Eiseman, combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors. Influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles + playstyles, new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

With each unique color shade having its own special symbolism, an additional key consideration is the emotional component and the inherent meaning of the color.

The color for 2014? The captivating, magical and enchanting Radiant Orchid. An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.

According to Pantoneview Interiors and Furnishing overview:

Nothing can transform the mood of a room more than color. Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. Radiant Orchid is a surprisingly versatile, modern hue that evokes a sense of creativity and movement that will elevate any room to a new dimension.

As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive shades (PANTONE 18-0622 – Olive Drab), and deep greens, (PANTONE 19-5511 – Hunter Green), and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with brighter blue greens, (PANTONE 16-5422 – Bright Aqua and PANTONE 19-4922 – Teal Green).

Likewise, this vibrant color is sure to liven up grays, (PANTONE 16-0000 – Paloma) and taupes, (PANTONE 15-1225 – Sand), and create a strikingly dramatic impact when paired with bold oranges, (PANTONE 17-1360 – Celosia) and yellows (PANTONE 14-0852 – Freesia)

Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.

Your can follow my Pinterest board {PANTONE * RADIANT ORCHID}

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London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014 | Origami

January 3, 2014

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PantoneView CONCEPT + INFORMATION: ANNA STARMER | Interior design mood board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

This is the sixth post of a series “London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PantoneView’s analysis. In this series I’ll be discussing the key color trends from the influential London Design Week that took place this year.

Folded, cut, precise and geometric – structure and form is being inspired by Japanese origami techniques. There were some beautiful, brilliant and magical shapes at Design Week this year, from folded paper to laser-cut wood and metal. Felted wool and geometric-cut fabrics look almost futuristic.

The Taipei City exhibit at 100% Design was surrounded by a rainbow wall of multi-color changing lights in modern lantern shapes. Students are currently looking toward this futuristic trend. Morgan Bajardi is creating 3D printed dresses that contour the lines of the body. At Bucks University, accessories and architectural concepts were intricate pieces of sculpture.

For more inspiring color and design trends for 2014 checkout my Pinterest board {COLOR & DESIGN TRENDS 2014}

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London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014 | Pink

December 27, 2013

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PantoneView CONCEPT + INFORMATION: ANNA STARMER | Interior design mood board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

This is the third post of a series “London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired byPantoneView’s analysis. In this series I’ll be discussing the key color trends from the influential London Design Week that took place this year.

The pink color family is the hottest color family in fashion for A/W 14. From Chloe to Marks & Spencer, it seems every level of the market is embracing this fresh new color trend.

The key to making pink work is to keep the design simple and modern. This new wave of pink is not about vintage or shabby chic; it is pared back and slick.Farrow & Ball has just released a new group of color: among them is Nancy’s Blushes, a warm plaster pink that is more modern than Farrow & Ball’s current offering. Pink is a growing trend for furnishings: again, this color sits beautifully with deep grays and charcoals, making it a modern color choice.

London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014 | Peacock

December 16, 2013

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PantoneView CONCEPT + INFORMATION: ANNA STARMER | Interior design mood board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

This is the fifth post of a series “London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PantoneView’s analysis. In this series I’ll be discussing the key color trends from the influential London Design Week that took place this year.

From plastics to wool to wall coverings, peacock levels are on trend for the home. Brighter turquoise levels look great on powder coated enamel chairs and modern lighting – a fun color choice for the kitchen or dining room.

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Darker shades of teal and green are important in the lounge. Soft furnishings in velvets, felted wools and exaggerated knit structures look fabulous in this tonal mix of peacock, dark lime and deep blues.

For more color and design trends for 2014 have a peak at my Pinterest board {COLOR & DESIGN TRENDS 2014}

http://www.pinterest.com/sampleboard/color-design-trends-2014/

London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014 | Organic Sculpture

December 12, 2013

London design week 2013 organic scultpure mood board

PantoneView CONCEPT + INFORMATION: ANNA STARMER | Interior design mood board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

This is the fourth post of a series “London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PantoneView’s analysis. In this series I’ll be discussing the key color trends from the influential London Design Week that took place this year.

Sculpture and form took on a futuristic sense. At 100% Design we could see 3D Easy Maker printers in action. Lighting in curved wood veneers showed organic shapes and sculptured spheres. Granorte at Design Junction created cork tiles that you can create your own furniture with. I love the combination of natural, organic materials with modern, computer-generated technology, design and manufacturing techniques.

At 100% Design there were several in-exhibit sculptures. The hanging paper sculpture was perfect. Worldscape from Atmos Projects was an amazing lazer-cut wood playground for grown-ups. Worldscape is a mammoth element of continuous integrated landscape furniture initially designed for Latitudinal Cuisine – a monument carved from its precise contours to provide seating for 80 people.A new sculptural installation at the Tate Modern in London featured a set of stairs that can take on an infinite number of shapes. London-based dRMM Architects created the outdoor wooden installation titled Endless Stair. The work was displayed on the lawn of the museum. The never-ending ascent allowed visitors to explore climbing in aimless directions.

Guest Post | 8 Inspired Nurseries

December 9, 2013

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Hello, everyone! Itís Mari here with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It’s a such a wonderful place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from lovely mini pendant lights to warm and cozy rugs for the nursery floor.

To follow up on that nursery reference, baby’s first room is what we’re going to explore today with the help of two beautiful room collages by SampleBoard. Those two Sample Boards will bookend images of eight of our favorite inspired nurseries. Please enjoy!

~ Mari

The top neutral nursery mood board is a great way to introduce today’s visual tour of inspired nurseries. Neutral nurseries may have a soft color palette but they’re anything but uninteresting. From white to beige and pale chocolate, arenít these rooms calm, sweet and so beautiful?

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This serene nursery shows off a glam side with mirrored chest turned changing table, an ornate wall mirror and crystal chandelier. As you will notice in lots of today’s nurseries, lighting choices are limited only by the parentsí design aesthetic with an eye to what is appropriate for baby eyes. From simply sweet glass pendant lights to over the top chandeliers, designers and parents can certainly have fun with lighting for the nursery.

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Done in varying shades of white, this lovely nursery is feminine but not too frillyóa room parents could enjoy, yet peaceful and serene for baby.

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As you can see here in these gauzy curtains, pattern can play a part in neutral nurseries. This space is gender-neutral and simply chic.

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This pale nursery has an appealing global flair with large covered woven basket, Moroccan pouf and modern pendant lights. What an appealing space!

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Adding color and wonderful Mid-Century modern style was easy with this iconic Egg chair in blue. Itís quite beautiful with the white curved crib.

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With a neutral base and lots of pattern and interesting color, this stunning nursery is my all-time favorite design for baby’s first room. If this were in my home, I might never be able to give it up even when baby has grown into adulthood.

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With a sense of artful adventure, this neutral nursery gets a dose of color and pattern from wall art and toss pillows. I love the texture and zig zag pattern of the fringed rug.

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As you have seen, neutral nurseries come in all styles. Here’s a lovely light-filled Scandinavian room with brown influences. Isnít the canopied crib marvelous?

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Lastly, we leave you with a mood board of nurseries in pale colors that beautifully illustrate its tag lineósoft, gentle calming.

Thanks SampleBoard for allowing me to visit and share my take on inspired nurseries. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

What do you think of these nursery inspirations? Let us know below and find more torchiere lamps, home decor, and room inspirations on our blog!

London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014 | Graphic Africa

December 5, 2013

London design week 2013 graphic africa mood board

PantoneView CONCEPT + INFORMATION: ANNA STARMER | Interior design mood board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

This is the second post of a series “London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired byPantoneView’s analysis. In this series I’ll be discussing the key color trends from the influential London Design Week that took place this year.

Graphic Africa showcased a thoroughly contemporary aesthetic at Habitat on Kings Road with important work by 16 leading designers from 10 countries in East, West and Southern Africa.

Picking up on the current shifts and exciting developments in design happening now across the continent, curators Trevyn and Julian McGowan (based near Cape Town) selected over 20 pieces of new furniture and a capsule collection of ceramics, glassware and lighting, all drawing from the most contemporary interpretation of African pattern and scale. With a focus on black-and-white patterning, the rustic materials and hand-crafted techniques looked completely modern.

Christmas Decor Design Ideas

December 3, 2013

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. With every Christmas card I write may your days be merry and bright. And may all your Christmases be white…

christmas decor interior mood boardFor more Christmas inspired decor visit our Pinterest board {DECOR * XMAS}

May your month be filled with prettiness.

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London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014 | Turmeric

November 26, 2013

turmeric yellow ochre interior design mood board

PantoneView CONCEPT + INFORMATION: ANNA STARMER | Interior design mood board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

This is the first post of a series “London Design Week: Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PantoneView’s analysis. In this series I’ll be discussing the key color trends from the influential London Design Week that took place this year.

According to PantoneView many designers furniture and accessory makers chose to work in copper or spiced turmeric hues.

Ochre, spiced yellows, Madras and turmeric have been growing in importance for home furnishings over the last few seasons. Tumeric is now a classic – the key pop color of choice for the lounge. It works well with grays and neutrals, accenting a decade of Farrow & Ball interiors beautifully.

Turmeric and yellows were spotted on modern sofas and chairs, often with a mid-century styling, right across London Design Week. Even the very classic Italian furniture brand Natuzzi has launched a brand new range of ochre leather furniture. This color family is set to continue in importance. The S/S 14 runways have been awash with citrus and turmeric, and interior color trends often follow suit.

You can view my copper and brass inspired interior mood board and trend summery here. Or follow my Pinterest board {COPPER}

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An Inter-Seasonal Outlook for Summer 2014 | Cool Blues

November 18, 2013

summer 2014 fashion trend mood board cool blues

CONCEPT + INFORMATION: LESLEY HURST | Fashion trend board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

Pantone View ANALYSIS: DESIGNER OVERVIEW S/S 14 states:

As predicted, the blue offer forms a strong foundation for summer. We see a broad commitment to all levels of blue starting with a rich navy perfect for early spring , drifting into bright cobalt, Swedish blue, azure and a fleeting cloudy pale for later delivery. Blue is a commercial choice across all garment categories – Pantone View

If you like this color theme, be sure to checkout Pantone’s Top Spring Color For 2014 | Dazzling Blue and follow my Pinterest board {PANTONE * DAZZLING BLUE}

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An Inter-Seasonal Outlook for Summer 2014 | Rich Reds

November 11, 2013

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CONCEPT + INFORMATION: LESLEY HURST | Fashion trend board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

Siren red from winter takes on new depth in rich burnished levels for spring. We see a molten lava red, dark oxblood and hot henna, often offset against black. As with the dark group, glistening sequins or lacquered coatings increase the intensity but matt surfaces are important, too, adding weight.

Fall 2013 Interior Design Trend | Brass & Copper

November 8, 2013

fall 2013 design trend copper interior design mood board

As mentioned by Design & Trend metallics like stainless steel have stolen the show for a few years now, but the inclusion of brass, gold and copper has made an appearance as well. Metallics always stand out, and they can look rather stunning when they contrast a simple living space. Interiorish notes that it not only looks timeless, elegant and chic, but it is also budget friendly.

Elle Décor reports that brass has “rich gleam and sculptural weight” where it is “experiencing a resurgence.” Designers are looking back to the 1970s where brass and bronze show up more frequently, like in Carl Aubock accessories and Gabriella Crespi cocktail tables. Today Kelly Wearstler makes nearly entire rooms with brass as the “metal of the moment.”

There is a warmth brass gives an interior, whether it be a modern or traditional space,” Marisa Marcantonio of Style Beat says. “The golden hue of the metal provides a subtle, elegant gleam. It’s having a comeback because it mixes well with other metals and its patina gets even better with age.”

Design Sponge reports that classic metallic like brass and copper never goes out of style, yet has a modern touch that can be breathtaking, especially in smaller accents like pendants, chandeliers, baskets, tables, canisters, chairs, and more.

For more copper inspired images visit our Pinterest board {COPPER}

* Copper inspired mood board created using the digital mood board  software, SampleBoard.com

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An Inter-Seasonal Outlook for Summer 2014 | Darkened Summer

November 4, 2013

summer 2014 fashion trend mood board

CONCEPT + INFORMATION: LESLEY HURST | Fashion trend board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

According to Pantone View ANALYSIS: DESIGNER OVERVIEW S/S 14 many a remark was overheard at runway exits raising the question ‘what season are we in?’ Marc Jacobs, Prada, Lanvin, Vuitton, amongst others presented collections which would have been equally at home in winter as in summer as portrayed with this fashion trend board called “darkened summer”. Lesley Hurst, Trend and Color Forecasting Expert explains:

A glamorous spirit takes this darkened palette to a new dimension, shown in gilded, gleaming surfaces and moving fluid fabrics saturated in rich color. Tropical color is intensified by reflections and eclipsed by shots of black. Peacock and deep purple are important players but it is magenta which is the vital newcomer and we predict it to be a window dress focus. Drop into summer metalics, sulphur gold and rich copper, for a lavish touch.

My Colors are Blush + Bashful

October 31, 2013

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Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in a beauty parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana. This dialogue is about Shelby’s wedding.

Truvy: What are your colors, Shelby?

Shelby: They’re blush and bashful.

M’Lynn: Her colors are pink and pink.

Shelby: My colors are blush and bashful, Mama.

M’Lynn: How precious is this wedding gonna get, I ask you?

Shelby: My colors are blush and bashful. I have chosen two shades of pink, one is much deeper than the other.

M’Lynn: But the bridesmaids dresses, they are really beautiful.

Shelby: Ceremony will be too. The walls are banked with sprays of flowers, and my two shades of blush and bashful. Pink carpets especially laid out for my service, and pink silk bunting, draped over anything that would stand still.

M’Lynn: That sanctuary looks like it’s been hosed down with Pepto Bismol!

Shelby: I like pink! Pink is my signature color.

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For more blush inspired images visit our Pinterest board {BLUSH}

http://www.pinterest.com/sampleboard/blush/

* All mood boards created with the SampleBoard mood board creator program

Craft Ideas | Wrapping + Packaging of Presents

October 25, 2013

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With the festive season approaching, it’s time for some prezzi wrapping inspiration. It doesn’t have to cost the earth when you combine a little time, basic craft and some creative imagination.

Decide on a basic color scheme and stick to it. I like using a neutral base like brown paper or burlap fabric which you can add any color combo to. Black and white always looks chic as well as being a classic. You can also add live plant stems or seasonal flowers for a punch of color.

For more wrapping inspired images, visit our Pinterest board {DECOR * WRAPPING}

http://www.pinterest.com/sampleboard/decor-wrapping/

Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {fluidity}

October 21, 2013

pantone color trend fluidity interior design mood board

This is the ninth and final post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “fluidity”.

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Pantone home + interiors 2014 theme Fluidity sums it is up as gliding gracefully through watery channels, Fluidity is the palette that understands the inevitable human need for life-sustaining cool water tones rendered largely in dazzling blues and blue-greens. These cooling hues are underscored by shimmering seagrass shades and undersea-creature colors such as Absinthe Green, Violet Tulle, a blazing Samoan Sun, a Dewberry purple and two tones of eye-arresting orange-corals.

For more inspiring images themed around this color trend visit our Pinterest board {COLOR TREND * FLUIDITY} All mood boards have been created using our mood board creator software, SampleBoard.com

http://www.pinterest.com/sampleboard/color-trend-fluidity/

It would be great to hear what you guys thought of the series! any favourites? my personal favourite has to be MODA - so dramatic and theatrical. But it seizes to amaze me how all of these very different color trends set out by Pantone works so seemlessly together.  It was a challenge to find the perfect images for each trend and I hope I did them justice : )

Thanks for all of you that wrote in to share your views. I always love hearing from you.

Have a pretty week,

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Pantone Delivers ‘the Color of Paris’ | Lost in Paris Expo

October 16, 2013

Pantone pearled ivory color trend mood board lost in paris

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The Site Design, in partnership with the Regional Tourism Committee Paris Ile-de-France with the support of the Mayor of Paris, presents an event dedicated to the design and tourism in Paris and Ile-de-France: Lost in Paris. The exhibition runs till 11 January 2014.

Pantone has a fun role in the new exhibition, as mentioned in PANTONE VIEW news:

Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman, multi-faceted designers and Parisians by adoption, have responded enthusiastically to this challenge. Through an offbeat and original concept, they offer a personal, current, and relevant vision of Paris, instant and unexpected.

Couleur de Paris is one of the exhibits. For Tal Lancman, if Paris was a color it would be ‘Pierre de Paris’ a specific stone that is traditionally used in architectural constructions, including buildings such as Notre Dame, and the bridges over the Seine.

This stone is a sophisticated beige color tinted with a warm pinkish-yellowish hue. The color was selected after much consideration, based on observation of the city and interviews conducted for this purpose. ‘Pierre de Paris’ corresponds to Pantone 11-0907 TPX, Pearled Ivory. To celebrate this special shade, Pantone has designed a mug rendered in this color.

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Some projects undertaken in the Paris area, reveal places reinvented through new practices outside the usual tourist circuits, such as Take Your Time – the inseparable couple of chairs designed by designers for Lost in Paris, placed at various locations in Paris and surroundings that invite contemplation of unusual landscapes.

All projects will demonstrate the ability of design to generate emotion and re-enchant the everyday. The approach and the work of Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman illustrate how designers, by transverse approach, creativity and attention to use, have a major role in the development of the tourism offer and strengthening attractiveness and influence of Paris and the Ile-de-France | Le Lieu du Design

For more information regarding Lost in Paris expo, visit Le Lieu du Design. For more Pantone Pearled Ivory Paris inspired images, see our Pinterest board {PANTONE * LOST IN PARIS}

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Pantone’s Top Spring Color For 2014 | Dazzling Blue

October 15, 2013

Pantone color of spring 2014 dazzling blue mood board

The complete post originally appeared on The Huffington Post  |  By 

Every season, experts at Pantone decide on the top colors in fashion for men and women. Pantone revealed the top hues for spring 2014, and the No. 1 color for women may remind you of something. The top color for women for spring 2014 is called “Dazzling Blue.” It’s the same as the nail polish Facebook sells in its office, called “Social Butterfly Blue” and meant to match the company’s signature blue.

Pantone decides a season’s color based on the season’s runway looks at New York Fashion week. A total of 17.05 percent of designers used the blue hue in their spring 2014 fashions for women, WWD reported. – The Huffington Post

For the full Fashion Color report for Spring 2014 you can visit the Pantone site here

Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom. - Leatrice Eiseman | Pantone Color Institute

For more Dazzling Blue inspired images, visit our Pinterest board {PANTONE * DAZZLING BLUE} and also note that Pantone’s Dazzling Blue is not to be confused for Pantone’s Color of the Year. The Color of the Year will only be announced in December 2013.

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Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {moda}

October 14, 2013

pantone moda color trend interior design mood board

This is the eighth post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “moda”.

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Pantone home + interiors 2014 theme Moda is both svelte and voluptuous. Moda speaks of attention to detail and the drama of high fashion when translated into interiors. Combinations can be theatrical in nature, displaying fashionable or whimsical flourishes, but always done with tasteful finesse. Red Dahlia interacts with Blackberry Cordial and Wood Violet all accented by a yellowed Amber Green. Corsican Blue meets with Magenta Haze and an expressive Linden Green, while Rich Gold waits in the wings for the appropriate moment to add a glimmering finale to any of the combinations.

For more inspiring images themed around this color trend visit our Pinterest board {color trend | moda}

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Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {techno color}

October 2, 2013

pantone techno interior design mood board

This is the seventh post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “techno color”.

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Pantone’s Innovative Techno Color acknowledges the advancement of technology and how it is impacting the world of design and expanding the color universe through a melding of both vibrant and deep hues frequently executed in reflective surfaces. Shades like faceted Emerald and a turquoise-like blue, an exuberant orange and strong, vital purple plus a true blue, Jet Black and Dark Citron are intertwined in intriguingly inventive color combinations.

For more inspiring images themed around this color trend visit our Pinterest board {color trend | techno color}

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Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {eccentricities}

September 30, 2013

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This is the sixth post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “eccentricities”.

According to Pantone’s color theme “eccentricities, there is always room for an eccentric palette with a personality that defies the established “rule book” of design and color, bringing with it a sense of adventure, wit, experimentation and discovery. It’s “tongue in cheek” in attitude and highly original in color juxtapositioning and cleverly conceived in evocative combinations – a flash of neon green radiates off of zesty lemon or nectarine combines with a daredevil Skydiver blue. Fudgesickle brown is rendered sweeter with Strawberry Ice. A warm red coexists with its cooler counterpart, while black and/or white can be drawn into any combination.

For more inspiring images themed around this color trend visit our Pinterest board {color trend | eccentricities}

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Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {collage}

September 25, 2013

pantone color trend collage interior design mood boardThis is the fith post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “collage”.

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Pantone’s color theme Collage is a gathering place for found objects that are well worn and somewhat nostalgic – a charming mélange of artfully constructed designs that demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness. There is poignancy in this palette with color and design sounding a familiar chord. Tea Rose and deep reddish Rhubarb, warm Pumpkin Spice and cozy Sheepskin are refreshed with Margarita green, Provincial Blue, plus cascading tones of aqua and teal.

For more inspiring images themed around this color trend visit our Pinterest board {color trend | collage}

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Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {physicality}

September 21, 2013

Pantone color trend physicality mood board

This is the fourth post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “physicality”.

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As the name implies, Physicality speaks to the colors of power and energy counter-balanced by the presence of the hues that express the necessity for introspection and calm. The stamina of Forged Iron, a Satellite gray, Antique Moss and Gothic Olive are interplayed against the healing shades of an herbal lavender, a grayed grape, a rosy brown and a quieting, ephemeral foggy gray, all presenting a challenging, yet invigorating, game change.

For more inspiring images themed around this color trend visit our Pinterest board {color trend | physicality}

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Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {tribal threads}

September 17, 2013

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This is the third post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “tribal threads”.

We are all members of tribes whether through cultural background, religion, political affiliation or community. The colors in this palette are as varied as the tribal diversity they represent, yet they construct a universal linkage of artistic appreciation rooted in personal expression. Color combinations may be disarmingly simple or as complex as inter-woven threads. Neutrals such as Bleached Sand and Kangaroo brown highlight an exotic Arabesque burnt orange, while Goblin Blue is flavored by Curry and Peppercorn. A rose-dusted cedar shade is set off by taupe-toned Incense.

For more “tribal threads” images visit our Pinterest board {color trend | tribal threads}

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Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {sculpted simplicity}

September 12, 2013

pantone sculpted simplicity color trend interior design mood board

This is the second post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

This interior design mood board theme based on Pantone’s home + interiors 2014 color trend is called “sculpted simplicity”.

Sculpted simplicity recognizes shape, form and structure and how important they are to the end product and/or environment. Colors are unassuming and do not take center stage – they are sophisticated tones with distinctively nuanced undertones that are elegantly harmonized including Travertine, Anthracite, Blanc de Blanc and Twilight Mauve, supported by an anodized brown, ethereal gray and a suggestion of silver.

For more “sculpted simplicity” images visit our Pinterest board {color trend | sculpted simplicity}

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Rustic wedding inspiration

September 11, 2013

rustic wedding inspiration board

What is “rustic elegance” and how do I get the look?

Author: Diana Ma

Having an outdoor wedding by a lake midsummer? Or how about an autumn affair with perfect views of the colorful mountains? Then take full advantage of your outdoor landscape by planning a perfectly rustic and elegant wedding!

Rustic weddings are casual in nature, cheerful and relaxed. The elegant part kicks in when you create an ambiance that is charming but still very put together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match – but keep it coordinated by designing within your season, location, theme and color palate.

Here are 10 simple ideas to expand your imagination for a rustic and elegant wedding:

1. First, assess the season and location of your wedding. Fall lakeside weddings, like the one I helped plan last September took advantage of gorgeous autumn colors back-dropped against Lake Winnipesaukee: burnt orange, gold, navy blue, periwinkle and burgundy. A summer beach wedding would inspire a totally different color palate. Establish your design parameters (season, location, theme and colors) and let your creativity work around them when designing the complete look.

2. Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns. One of my clients is forgoing rented dishware in standard white. She has opted to ask family and friends loan her plates within a certain color scheme to mix and match on the family-style dinner tables she has planned for a farm wedding next June. The mix in different patterns and shapes will make for a unique and personal table setting.

3. Think mason and jelly jars, glass pitchers and galvanized buckets as centerpiece holders for all of the locally grown flowers!

4. Tie an eclectic look together with the same ribbon throughout.

5. Why not display escort cards in a birch wood box with home-grown grass and littered with acorns? It’s easy and very cute!

6. Fairy/strung white lights are inexpensive and elegant. Drape them along the edge of your tent and around trees.

7. Sparklers are also great for photos and incredibly festive to bid farewell to the happy couple.

8. Use mini chalkboards to display different food stations for a buffet-style wedding. The look is very sweet with farmer’s market appeal!

9. Set up a fire pit to be ignited as the night wears on. Have a pretty serving station nearby stocked with marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolates for do-it-yourself s’mores. The perfect snack after a long night of dancing!

10. Expecting the weather to be crisp on your wedding? Keep guests warm with mulled wine or hot toddies during the cocktail hour!

Think back to family traditions that you can incorporate in your reception. One of my clients paid tribute to her grandmother by setting up a camp-themed candy table that mimicked the variety shop she had when the grandkids were young. A beautiful portrait of her grandmother was printed in sepia tones and featured in a distressed white frame.

No matter how large or small your guest list, your outdoor wedding can be as memorable and sentimental as you want to make it. The sky’s the limit in terms of design elements! Just be sure to keep it natural, charming and simple.

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About the Author

Diana Ma is a wedding planning expert who has produced weddings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She is the owner of Diana Ma Weddings & Events. For more information, visit http://www.dianamaweddings.com/

Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014 {intimacy}

September 9, 2013

pantone intimacy color trend mood board

This is the first post of a series “Style, Substance and Color: Major Trends and Directions for 2014″ inspired by PANTONE home + interiors 2014

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before it is urgent to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and ‘on-target’. PANTONE home + interiors 2014

I will be creating mood boards based on the 9 themes predicted by Pantone for the world of interiors 2014 and I’m kicking off with the soft, gentle and oh so romantic theme “intimacy”.

The Pantone theme “intimacy” implies a certain affinity and relationship that are expressed in tints and tones that are inviting in nature and softly tactile, closely connected, yet subtly different; a happy marriage of adaptable warm, cool and neutral tones.

Combinations co-join effortlessly in offering an understated color collection. Gardenia white defines a lotus blossom pink; Rose Cloud, Fawn and Café Crème are delicious together, while pale Lavenders and Opal Gray are effectively approachable.

pantone intimacy color trend mood board

For more “intimacy” inspired images go have a peak at my Pinterest board {color trend | intimacy}

http://pinterest.com/sampleboard/color-trend-intimacy/

Have a pretty Monday!

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